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Maryann Miller
Attended St. Clements High School, Macomb County Community College, Collin County Community College, University of Houston, Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas
Lives in Texas
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Just a little bit of serious stuff and then some fun to start your weekend.
There has been quite a controversy over the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail, where she was taken after a traffic stop in Waller County. The dash cam video has gone viral, and it is clear that...
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Yes, genre matters, and Diana Hurwitz reminds us to make sure we satisfy the reader's expectations.
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How was your weekend? I had a great time at a concert with Professor Porkchop and The Dishes at the Winnsboro Center For the Arts.
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A fun essay about the elusive "muse" all creative folks are looking for.
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Doc may have the right idea. What do you think?
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Drama camp update and a chance to help save the bees
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Special offer on some steamy #romances from J.L Beck. A Kingpin Affair. Boxed Set. If you like your romances to burn on the page, this one is for you. 
I have something different for today's Wednesday's Guest feature. Author, J.L. Beck is on a blog tour and via the magic of the Internet is a guest on several blogs today, letting folks know about h...
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In our mission to connect readers, writers, and books, Venture Galleries has launched a new series featuring writing samples from some of the best authors in the marketplace today. Sunday’s Sampler is an excerpt from Doubletake by Maryann... Read more
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Thanks so much to Venture Galleries and +Caleb Pirtle for the nice feature. You can read the first chapter of Doubletake free.
In our mission to connect readers, writers, and books, Venture Galleries has launched a new series featuring writing samples from some of the best authors in the marketplace today. Sunday’s Sampler is an excerpt from Doubletake by Maryann... Read more
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I don't know about you, but I would rather not eat a vegetable that might have the DNA of a cow. 
That said, I wanted to alert you to the fact that a revised Monsanto Protection Act bill sponsored by Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, would not only prevent states from enacting their own GMO l...
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Introducing a new #mystery category; Mystery With Relationships. I like it. +Terry Odell 
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Some fun for Friday. Check out the blog for an offer to get free audio copies of Open Season.Friday
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writing, editing, acting, directing
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  • Rosen Publishing Group, Five Star Cengage/Gale, Uncials Press, Plano Magazine, Stephen Marro Producttions
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Texas
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Michigan - Nebraska
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Author * Freelance Editor * Sometimes Actress * Always a Book Lover
Introduction

Hello, so glad you stopped by for a visit. I have been writing all my life and plan to die at my computer, hopefully after finishing a book, not in the middle of one.

When I am not busy writing, or blogging, which is really writing if you think about it, I love to be on stage. I have been the theatre director at our local art center for a number of years and always enjoyed directing plays, never thinking I would ever be in one. A friend dared me to try it, and I was bitten by the acting bug in a big way.

I've written in a number of genres, but am focusing more on mysteries of late. I have the Seasons Series that features two women homicide detectives in Dallas. Think "Lethal Weapon" with female leads. Open Season is the first book in the series, followed by Stalking Season. While I focus on longer works, I do write a short story when my muse gifts me with one. To see a full listing of all my titles, visit my author page at Amazon.  

It has been my honor to win a few awards for my work, including the Page Edwards Short Fiction Award for a short story that was inspired by the fleeting glimpse of an old man sitting under a tree as I drove by on a country highway. It is always such a joy to be gifted with a story that way.

I live in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas with one horse, one goat, one sheep, one dog and four cats. The cats rule.

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I am now living my childhood dream of being a farmer. Or trying to be. (smile)
Education
  • St. Clements High School, Macomb County Community College, Collin County Community College, University of Houston, Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas
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Seeking the Muse
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An Author's Take on Genres
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Where do You Shelve Your Book?
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Just the Facts, Ma'am
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Beat the Bully… Stand Tall With BSP
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Why Do You Write That Stuff?
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EEK! What is the Right Word?
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Time Out for Some Fun
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Let Your Writing Bloom: 3 Tips
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How to Grow Your Writing
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How Long is a Chapter?
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Outlander and Outliers
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Capitalizing on Captions
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What I've Learned from a World-Class Novelist
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